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Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
At the time of its inception, this was a very unique beer for Bellwoods to brew. Though we were earning a reputation for making a lot of high ABV, full-flavoured brews, we still couldn’t deny the appeal of something easy drinking and sessionable. Not really wanting to go the route of the lager, and inspired by the hop-forward low alcohol pale ales emerging from the states, we devised the Wizard Wolf. Weighing in at 4.8% this deceivingly flavourful session ale is easy to drink, and doesn’t knock you off your feet after just one.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2013)
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Photo of ssmack
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle from brewery.

Dark amber caramel colour. Half inch fine head. Good streams of carbonation. Some lacing but it slides away.

At first lemon citrus hops aroma that quickly fades. Then nice buttery caramel.

The taste is weak. The dark colour makes me expect strong malt taste. The aroma promises more hops. The strongest flavour is burnt toast. Mild caramel and mild herby hops. Low bitter aftertaste.

A watery feel but good carbonation bite.

This is a light pale ale. It is definitely a session ale as the label says but I need an ale with a stronger flavour.

ssmack, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from the brewery on a fly-by visit. Wish I could have hung out longer and had a few brews at the garage. Next time.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint, splotchy wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Loose hear, but it left some nice looking lacing.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pine and grapefruit with some light melon citrus aromas. Really nice stuff.

TASTE: Some pale malts, grainy bread, a touch of malty sweetness, then some floral bitterness at the swallow. Big but dry finish of floral bitterness and touch of grainy bread flavors. Little sweetness; mostly a bitter hop finish with grainy flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: The nose on this one is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't follow suit. This one is a little too grainy for my tastes, as well as being bitter for the sake of being bitter; didn't get as much flavor out of the hops as the nose had suggested. Still a good low ABV session beer here, but not something I'd have to jump at again.

Jeffo, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

fizzyted, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Rlombardi75, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of baylz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

baylz, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Jerboat
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Jerboat, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

deonreds, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

kelvarnsen, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tom10101, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wizard Wolf is a unique name but the beer looks pretty ordinary; lemon curd yellow against the light, the beer has bright highlights but a consistently blurry complexion. Its head is firm and foamy and maintains its size and form even as the liquid beneath it drops.

The leafy, earthy, raw hop smell reminds me of harvesting hops from a friend's backyard vines. But this bouquet doesn't herald the typical notes of tropical fruits or resinous serums; it actually smells a lot like a green tea (with a side of honeyed biscuits).

Wizard Wolf is 'politely pungent' - the crude earthiness of the hops makes a brief appearance on the palate but quickly crumbles. Far from bitter, the mouthfeel is marked by a very prominent maltiness and, by extension, lots of wholesome fresh-baked breadiness.

That honey-nut cereal grain taste dominates the flavour. In fact, there's very little else to describe the beer by. While its mild and simple profile serves it well as a so-called "session ale" (4.8% is basically 5%, not session-strength by definition), it makes it challenging to review.

Wizard Wolf has hops that howl but not bite. Dry-hopping affords this ale a good amount of hoppiness without taking away from its mainstream agreeableness. Indeed, while most Bellwoods offerings are out of this world, this one falls squarely into the realm of the ordinary.

biegaman, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but it can't be more than a week old.

Beer is cloudy orange. A very small white head dissipates quickly. No lace.

Smell is nice; hop focused with lots of tropical and citrus fruit. Some grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a herbal scent and slight bready malt.

Taste is fairly bitter (surprisingly so). Hop focused again, but not as full as the nose. Pineapple, grass, a bit of pine. Some bready malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Refreshing. A bit thin, but certainly a good feel for a beer designed for sessioning.

Overall, fairly flavourful for a low abv beer, but my first impression is that I would take the Common Pale Ale over this.

jrenihan, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Boozecamel, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes is quite interesting. Taste is a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops with some light dry caramel malt. Body is fuller than expected with good carbonation. Hoppier and tastier than I had expected for a low ABV session-style beer. I wish this was accessible to me.

Phyl21ca, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Hypersomnia, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Electros
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Electros, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

fostachild, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of ArrogantPrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ArrogantPrick, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Jones153
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jones153, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of timiskin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

timiskin, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewery. Enjoyable bitter ale, more so than being a classical APA. Light citrus. Floral hops. Moderate foam head on light orange body. Soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing. I see this being available in cans, replacing much big lot beer.

Sammy, May 02, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Hazy copper with a finger’s worth of head that promptly recedes to a bubbly ring. Very nice lacing.

(3.75) S: Cracker-like grains, floral, tart grapefruit, sweet mango, nutty, buttery, and a smooth caramel backbone. There’s a nice damp earthy-floral vibe to this that is appealing.

(3.75) T: Grains, grapefruit, floral qualities, straw, honey, and nutty elements. Nice and dry with a solid level of bitterness. Wide variety and diversity of flavours that are highlighted by a herbal-floral element.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick with a bit of a chalky texture that suits this well.

(3.75) D: This was very good and definitely meets the definition of session ale. Extra points for an awesome label.

Digimaika2, May 27, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white surface coating of head. Nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine forward, with a biscuit backbone. Flavors of pepper, cannibus, and oregano spices in the forward hops profile, with a tangerine and grapefruit backbone. Very light and crisp in mouth. Bitter and sweet aftertaste, with a slightly filmy, dry finish. Very easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hop, grainy/biscuity malt, grapefruit peel, lemon

Taste - grainy/biscuty malts along with lemon and citrus hop. Light bitterness lingers. Not as hoppy as the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - A crisp and easy drinking session ale. The aromas suggested a more hop forward session ale, but in the taste it is more of the grainy/biscuity malt that takes charge. This is a not necessarily a bad thing. A sessionable ale worthy for the masses.

leaddog, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Loads of lemon zest and peel; finishes with hints of grapefruit. Quite refreshing.

papat444, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a bright golden colour, very cloudy with a strong couple fingers of rocky head, showing great retention and lacing.

S - is light but so intricate and flavourful, lemon and grapefruit citrus, guava, some rich berry and almost tropical papaya notes, florals are definitely there along a solidly crisp pale malt body. Really a lot of parts working together here.

T - along a firm pale malt bready body there is a flavour of citrus character, Meyer lemons, with some light hoppy oils, grassy and floral tones, also some passionfruit , guava and more robust tropical notes, the light body really showcases some flavourful hop flavour without a pressing bitterness, definitely a good dose and mix of late hops to add a lot of flavourful complexity to this. In my mind the light citrus and tropical fruit work together decently well. Toward the end it does appear to turn a bit more toward the grainy side and putter out.

M - a light carbonation for the style, the lightness of the body helps the lighter floral and fruity hops take more of the stage and supports the light body. Needless to say it has great sessionability, very flavourful and with a light crisp finish it makes it very easy to return to. Lingering pale malt and dry floral citrus.

A decently flavourful and balanced pale ale from bellwoods, packed a lot of really intense and intricate hoppy flavour into a lighter beer while still making it both satisfying and balanced. That is the main theme here and I think they did a solid job. Could it be better? Most likely. Probably just depends on your hop preference, this wasn't overly bitter but had a good tropical and citrusy blend of flavours to it, I would definitely have no trouble with this as a go to session option, nice lingering hop character to it, with a generous C-hop portfolio.

mick303, Apr 24, 2014
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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.